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So, right from the beginning of human history communication is an inevitable essence of our life. Communication in layman’s language is the ability to convey an idea to somebody . Whereas interpersonal communication is face-to-face communication. “Interpersonal communication is the process of by which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and no-verbal messages.”(Interpersonal Communication Skills).

So, when we think about mere communication, it is about what is actually said. On the other hand in interpersonal communication we focus into how it is communicated and the non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, gestures, facial expressions, and body language.      Verbal-communication and non-verbal communication combines together to form a successful interpersonal communication. Mere communication can occur intentionally and unintentionally. “When two or more people are in the same place and are aware of each other’s presence, then communication is taking place, no matter how subtle or unintentional”(Interpersonal Communication Skills).

Interpersonal communication usually is intentional with a clear cut purpose or goal. It have elements like the communicators, the message, noise, feedback, context, and channel. To develop our interpersonal communication skills first and foremost it is important to understand these elements. Whenever we get the opportunity  to observe interpersonal communication, try to identify the behaviors used. Identify the communicators, messages exchanged, noise distortions, feedback giving style, and the context of communication. We always do this in our subconscious mind, but to improve our interpersonal skills we should start to observe it intentionally with our conscious mind.

      “Many of us engage in some form of interpersonal communication on a regular basis, often many times a day, how well we communicate with others is a measure of our interpersonal skills”(Interpersonal Communication Skills). In other words interpersonal communication is a basic quality we need to keep our social bonds, health, and careers. But, nobody is born with all interpersonal communication skills we need in our life. Think about the communications we started with a specific goal in our mind. If most of them were successful, it means we have a high degree of interpersonal communication skills. But, if most of them were unsuccessful, we need to improve our interpersonal communication skills.

      “People with higher levels of interpersonal communication skills are better able to adapt to stress, have greater satisfaction in relationships and more friends, and have less depression and anxiety”(Hargie, 2011). So communication is the main key of success in professional and personal life. No matter how hard we work or how many brilliant ideas we have, if we cannot connect with the people who work around us, our professional life will suffer. In short effective communication equals effective team. To be more clear, assessing skills each other, building trust, avoiding bias, ensuring free talks and resolving conflicts give birth to an effective and fruitful team.

It brings empathy and respect, give and receive criticism, makes us perfect listeners  and as a whole makes us deal with different personality types. The interpersonal relationship between nurses and doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists, medical team and management, and patients and medical team are vital for a successful caring hospital environment. And, hence as a respiratory therapy student it is important to look into my interpersonal communication skills and do everything to develop it.